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Don't Miss: Learning to love procedural art while making No Man's Sky 2
by Staff [07.24.18]
As the big 'Next' update for No Man's Sky makes its debut, take a look back at this GDC 2015 talk from Hello Games' Grant Duncan on how creating procedurally generated worlds affected the dev process.
Console/PC, Indie, Art, Production

Blog: Thoughts on textual procedural generation and narration 3
by Gamasutra Community [07.24.18]
After reviewing basic techniques for narrative writing in games and less basic ones, such as the use of AI, we propose the idea of a narrative and lore design emerging from the actions of the players.
Programming, Design, Production

Blind Mind Studios releases source code for Star Ruler 2  
by Chris Kerr [07.24.18]
With the studio having been inactive for the past few years, Blind Mind decided to open source the title to allow anyone interest to see how its engine works and start tinkering.
Console/PC, Programming, Production, Business/Marketing

Video: How to get your game noticed in 2018 2
by Staff [07.23.18]
In this GDC 2018 session, No More Robots' Mike Rose discusses what currently works (and what doesn't) when attempting to sell a game in 2018.
Indie, Production, Business/Marketing, Video

Blog: How to construct a card game 3
by Gamasutra Community [07.23.18]
In this article Nick Kinstler explains what a card file is, and provides an outline of the card game development process.
Programming, Design, Production

Video Game Deep Cuts: Go, Go, No Man's Pokemon  
by Gamasutra Staff [07.22.18]
This week's longform game writing/video highlights include a report on the latest Pokemon Go Fest, the return of Sean Murray & No Man's Sky, and lots more besides.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Keywords acquires Canadian developer Snowed In Studios  
by Chris Kerr [07.20.18]
International game service provider Keywords has acquired Ottawa-based developer Snowed In Studios for an undisclosed fee. 
Programming, Production, Business/Marketing

Understanding the human cost of creating No Man's Sky 16
by Chris Kerr [07.20.18]
"I remember getting a death threat about the fact that there were butterflies in our original trailer, but there weren't any butterflies in the launch game."
Console/PC, Design, Production

Video: How to build a remote team for better happiness
by Staff [07.19.18]
In this GDC 2016 session, Fox Cub's Ian Wang shares lessons learned from building a remote 30 person team that spans 12 countries.
Indie, Production, Video

Weekly Jobs Roundup: Schell Games, Telltale, and more are hiring now!  
by Staff [07.19.18]
Whether you're just starting out, looking for something new, or just seeing what's out there, the Gamasutra Job Board is the place where game developers move ahead in their careers.
Indie, Programming, Art, Production, Recruitment

Don't Miss: Why being trapped in a loop makes Reigns: Her Majesty so satisfying  
by Staff [07.19.18]
"Everything in the game helps the player define the pace," explains Reigns creator Francois Alliot. "In the game you can swipe very quickly or you can take your time, and we adapted everything around that."
Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Production

Blog: 10 things we learned developing Shadowhand 2
by Gamasutra Community [07.19.18]
We recently did a detailed postmortem of our RPG card game Shadowhand to review what we got right, what we got wrong, and how we could improve.
Design, Production

Blog: How to take 7 years to ship a beta 3
by Gamasutra Community [07.19.18]
How can you take 7 years to make your game? Here are some important tips and tricks for taking your sweet time.
Design, Production

Chinese media platform iQIYI acquires mobile dev Skymoons for $190M  
by Chris Kerr [07.19.18]
Skymoons has developed and published a range of titles on iOS and Android, including Seer Superheroes, My Own Swordsman, and Legend of Three Kingdoms.
Smartphone/Tablet, Production, Business/Marketing

Video: How to thrive and grow as an indie studio  
by Staff [07.18.18]
In this 2018 GDC session, Weather Factory's Alexis Kennedy discusses the lessons learned while building Failbetter Games, and how those lessons were taken into account when founding a second studio.
Indie, Production, Video

Blog: A Cultist Simulator retrospective 5
by Gamasutra Community [07.17.18]
The postmortem for Weather Factory's 1920s Lovecraftian card game Cultist Simulator, an indie success story for 2018.
Console/PC, Programming, Design, Production

Don't Miss: A postmortem for Naughty Dog's Uncharted: Drake's Fortune 6
by Gamasutra Community [07.16.18]
The developers behind the first game in the Uncharted series explain what made the game the 'biggest and most complex' challenge the studio had faced up to that point in this 2008 postmortem.
Console/PC, Design, Production

Blog: What we learned one year after releasing our debut Switch title 2
by Gamasutra Community [07.16.18]
A look at some of the things we learnt after releasing our first game on the Nintendo Switch.
Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Video Game Deep Cuts: Octopath's DOS Demake  
by Gamasutra Staff [07.15.18]
This week's highlights include a rounded look at Octopath Traveler, the dev making a DOS game in 2018, and the evolution of the PlayStation 1-style demake as a genre.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Blog: How 8 months in Early Access got our game done! 1
by Gamasutra Community [07.13.18]
It’s been a while since I posted on Gamasutra, but something crazy happened in my studio and I’d like to share this experience with you.
Design, Production